Bus with migrant workers collides with van in India; 17 dead


A bus carrying migrant workers after the coronavirus restrictions were lifted struck a delivery van on a northern Indian highway, killing at least 17 people and injuring 18, police said on Wednesday.

The bus overturned after colliding with the van coming from the opposite direction on Tuesday night near Kanpur, a town 80 kilometers southwest of Lucknow, the state capital of Uttar Pradesh, a said policeman Mohit Agarwal.

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Onlookers gather near the wreckage after a bus carrying migrant workers after coronavirus restrictions lifted collided with a delivery van on a highway near Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India , Tuesday June 8, 2021 (AP Photo)

Onlookers gather near the wreckage after a bus carrying migrant workers after coronavirus restrictions lifted collided with a delivery van on a highway near Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India , Tuesday June 8, 2021 (AP Photo)

Migrant workers were heading to Ahmedabad, a city in western Gujarat state, to resume work with industries reopening after the lockdown restrictions were lifted.

The van was transporting workers home from a cookie-making unit and most of the dead were among them, Agarwal said.

Sixteen people were killed instantly and one died in a hospital, where the injured were being treated, he said.

“The passengers complained that the bus driver was going very fast,” Agarwal said.

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More than 110,000 people are killed each year in road accidents in India, according to police. Most accidents are attributed to reckless driving, poorly maintained roads and aging vehicles.

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